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Best Acoustic Guitars For Kids - Play Guitar Notes Learning how to play an instrument is extremely beneficial to a child’s development. It requires motor skill, coordination, timing, and concentration. The ability to listen and observe is trained, and it vastly enhances your kid’s communication and problem-solving skills. Apart from that: it’s also a lot of fun! Especially the guitar is an instrument that is very attractive to children for several reasons.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Yamaha APXT2 Review

If there is one word you can use, to sum up, the Yamaha APXT2, it would be compact. This is a smaller, yet powerful instrument and one of the best budget buys on the market. But what inspired its creation? The best-selling guitar by Yamaha, namely the APX500II. For the well-known manufacturer, there was a specific market in mind upon release, which will also be covered in this Yamaha APXT2 review.  

Specs And Size 

At 36.2 inches in length and a body depth of 65 - 75 millimeters, there's no denying the relatively small size. The nut measures at 43 millimeters, which is a nice touch because it leaves more than enough finger room given the size. Overall, the APXT2 is 3/4 the size of the best seller. 

The materials that were used to craft the guitar are quality choices, for example, the mahogany neck and the Sitka spruce top. The back and sides were made from meranti and the fretboard is, of course, Rosewood, along with the bridge. The only part of the guitar that doesn't feel like the quality is the tuner keys. However, considering the price and purpose it's a lower quality component you can overlook. 

In terms of design, it's got a single cutaway and you can choose between several different colors. These include a black and old violin sunburst finish, in addition to a natural or dark red burst. 

The Pickup System 

It's time to get to the good stuff, namely the electronics that bring another dimension to this acoustic-electric axe. It comes with the A.R.T (Acoustic Resonance Transducer) system, which is one of Yamaha's signature pickup designs. 

Within this system, you'll find a built-in tuner for convenience, but also a mid-boost equalizer that gives you control over tone shaping. Of course, you can control the volume and all the other basics such as treble and bass as well

What makes the transducer so effective is the natural sound it delivers through an amp. By blocking out the excessive vibrations from the soundboard and focusing on small resonances, it never loses its acoustic touch. 

Flexibility, Durability And Target Market

Okay, it's not the perfect guitar. For one thing, the edges of the fretboard are rather sharp, which is not a common sight with a Yamaha guitar. Where it's usually a very comfortable and smooth grip, the more distinct edges can annoy certain players.  

There's also the question of the low action, which is going to be a preference choice. If you like the idea of pushing the limits of getting fret buzz when hammering some rough riffs, the low action isn't going to bother you. But for those looking for a more crisp sound, the low action can be annoying. 

But the faults of the guitar can't really compare to the advantages. The materials have already been mentioned, but it should also be known that Yamaha is a manufacturer that allows a strict curing process during production, giving their guitars great durability. Chances are you can give it to your unborn children to practice on.

Then there's the convenience of the size, bringing us to the target market for the APXT2. First and foremost, it's considered an entry-level guitar. In other words, it’s meant for beginners of all ages. This is also why it probably has such a low action because it makes chording more comfortable. 

But if you listen to the amazing sound of the guitar you can easily see it will benefit musicians who travel a lot and want to play in cramped spaces. Thanks to the high-quality design and sound, professional can add it to their collection of practice instruments or use it on stage if the situation calls for it. 

However, the beginner level is the end of the road for serious players in general. The APXT2 will do more than just aid you on your journey of discovery, but you'll probably start looking for something more in line with your skills. 

What About Versatility? 

As with most quality brands, there aren't really any limitations as to the style of music that can be played. In fact, it's mostly about giving kids and grownups the opportunity to cut their teeth on a guitar that doesn't break the bank but also delivers a sound that motivates you to keep going. 

The Final Verdict

Considering the price, practicality, quality, visual appeal and the close relation to one of the best guitars on the market, the Yamaha APXT2 blows many competitors out of the water. It's lightweight but durable enough to be handled by experienced players. It's small and can easily be carried around. But more importantly, it has a great balance between plugged and unplugged sound. When you think about it, this ax is more of a companion than an instrument really.